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Commonly used words and phrases you might encounter in Optioneer - now in alphabetical order.

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Written by Ivan Bartoš
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Page in Optioneer app which contains two workflows for analysis of options generated and/or evaluated by Optioneer engine. It has two main workflows: Option Comparison and Option Analysis.

Option Comparison allows to compare multiple options at once, looking at high-level metrics of each. Option Analysis allows to drill into an individual option in more detail and see all of the data produced by Optioneer engine.


An umbrella encompassing a unique system configuration (e.g. diameter of a pipe or type of cable), points and lines (i.e. the As Bs and Cs you want to connect) and GIS data (e.g. zones you want to either avoid or route through in a particular way).

A case would be sent for optimization and would output options and corridors that can be analyzed and used by you.


A place where you can manage and view GIS Data, define new GIS Objects (points, lines and zones) and look at all the overlapping colors on a map.

Design Rule

Perhaps the most important building block of Optioneer.

A design rule defines how the system is designed, what is possible to be built, how that thing looks like or how the system reacts to geospatial factors.

When you think of a design rule you can think of complex mathematical formulas and functions that take in Parameters, Constants and GIS Information and output geometries and things a human can look at an analyze.


Self-explanatory and rather simplistic for now. You can export the options you have set up and analyzed from here. This will make it easy to take the optioneered alignments away and have a look at them in Software that is already in your established workflow.

GIS Data

Basemaps, Elevation maps GIS Layers and all the bells and whistles that one can think of when one thinks of geographic information.

Object Library

A place where you can see all the things you have personally drawn on the map or imported. Those would be your Points (startpoints, endpoints, waypoints), Lines or Zones


The base building block of Optioneer. It is an individual result of optimization run that carries all route parameters and metrics as well as any relevant metadata.

Option Library

When not looking and spaghetti on the map, you can be looking at it in a tabular form. Makes it easier to quickly spot best options and filter what you want to see on the map.


Pages are something that guides the user journey. We have 7 of them (listed just below) and each of them should simplify the immense complexity that goes into successfully producing alignments for linear infrastucture.

They range from simple user management and settings, through complex libraries of GIS Data to informative Charts and Legends that help you analyze what you see on the map.


Most commonly associated with Design Rules. They are the individual values that define e.g. Min/Max depth of cover or Feasible Slope.

Points, Lines and Zones

Something we refer to as GIS Objects. Not to be confused with Options or GIS Layers.

Those are mere geometric shapes on the map without much metadata attached to them. Still, they are crucial in defining Cases and making Optioneer produce Options for you.


Workspace that agglomerates cases and their results (options and corridors) for a specified location and for a defined group of users.

A workspace would store all your GIS Data, Points, Lines, Corridors and a library of System Configurations

Project Home

A place where you can view and manage all your recently worked on Cases and Options as well as see any information related to a Project, its members or the area which it covers.

You can quickly navigate to other parts of the UI from here, whether that is to analyze a particular option or to setup a new case


Here you can combine anything that you have defined in the System and Data page to generate new options.

The Setup page guides you through the process of matching your Start and Endpoints (and Waypoints if needed) with the System Configuration. Of course you can add any description or tags so you can better understand what your past self was attempting to optimize.

Have we mentioned you can not only generate options from scratch, but also evaluate any existing ones that you can import yourself? Well, yes you can.

Spider chart

Want to compare several options across different parameters at the same time? Well, spider chart is here to help. You can now look at the length, opex, capex, number of crossings or pretty much any other parameter you can think of for several options at once.


The equivalent of crazy scientists workshop. The place where you can find all the buttons and levers that define, adjust or refine all the engineering assumptions that go into routing linear infrastructure.

You can see what all configurations have been tried, re-use them or define new ones as you see fit.

System Configuration

All the engineering parameters editable by the user. They come together with GIS Data and GIS Objects to generate the results of the optimization - options.

A System Configuration encompasses everything from high-level definition of System type (e.g. on-shore cable or waste-water pipeline) to specific Design Rules (e.g. Permitted Curvature or Linear Feature Crossing styles) to basic constants (yes, you can alter things like gravitational constant)

User Home

A rather boring place. You can see the projects you are a member of, adjust your personal information and settings. There will be an admin console for Project Leads coming soon - so that’s perhaps exciting.

Vertical profile chart

Can be found in the Analysis Page - it’s a tool that lets you break down all the data that is associated with an Option.

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